The answer to the question is a resounding yes, you should get a bed for your dog regardless of whether or not she is a small, medium or large size dog. This is specially important for puppies and seniors.
When I have a dog staying with us, I always ask the pet parent to bring a bed for the dog, but even if the pet parent forgets to bring one, I always provide one for the dogs staying with us.
Maggie, a Westie, always enjoys her bed, but Oliver is a little different. This is Oliver’s routine: first, he tries the cold tiles; second, tired of the tiles, he heads for the wood floors; third, and finally, he gets on his bed for a nap. All dogs are different. Some love their beds, while others, like Oliver, take a little longer to get to it.
Nowadays there is a huge variety of beds and it can be overwhelming trying to figure out what to buy for your dog. My advice is: go to the store with your pet and she’ll help you figure out which one to get. Alex has a total of 4 beds. Cynthia, my partner, always jokes that Alex has more beds than us, and that is true. The funny thing about it is that every morning she looks at us with beautiful, but pleading eyes as if saying, “May I get in bed with you?” As long as there are no other dogs staying with us, she does get in bed with us for a couple of minutes before getting up to make breakfast.
If you are a little short of cash, improvise. Get a pillow, which is usually a lot cheaper than getting a pet bed. Or, use old blankets you may be thinking of throwing away. The main thing is for you to get something that is comfortable where your dog can enjoy a couple of hours resting and dreaming.
By the way, since I am feeling as sick as a dog, these are the positive and negative things I’ll get out of it: positive: I’ll write more often in my blog, read and watch tv. Negative: my walks with Alex will have to be short or Cynthia will have to walk her and I’ll have to stay at home most of the time, and on top of that, I cannot taste all the flavors in my girlfriend’s food. Now, that stinks!
What kind of bed your dog uses? And for those of you that happen to be sick with the flu, like me, I hope you get better soon.